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Get updates on Seniors Programming (both in-person and digital), learn more about your neighbours, and more!

Safe Online Shopping Workshop

Wednesday, Nov 29  |  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm    |   Online via Zoom
Interested in doing some holiday shopping? Worried about doing so safely and securely?
 

Come and attend our workshop on safe online shopping! We will explore how to spot trustworthy websites, how to keep your credit card information secure, buyer protection tips, and more! 

Join us on Zoom on November 29th at 6:00pm.

Please see the poster for more details 

To register: Scan the QR code or click here

Caregiver Lunch

Thursday, Dec 7 |  12:30 pm – 4:00 pm    |   In-person at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave)

Join us for lunch and a presentation on Tax Planning for Assisted Living and long-term care options. Following the presentation, there will be a self-care activity.

This will be an informative session where you will learn how to best navigate the healthcare system and senior benefits. Your host, David Perkins, is a Senior Financial Planner with Assante Financial Management.

Bring your questions and your appetite!

Please see the poster for more details.

To register: Contact Kathy at 236-885-7303 or kathyb@burnabynh.ca 

Chinese Coffee and Chat

Wednesdays  |  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm   |   In-person at Brentwood House 

Chinese Coffee and Chat is a social program designed to help you engage in social activities, have fun and meet other people who are on the dementia journey.

Come join us for a cup of coffee or tea and fun activities. The program is available in English and Cantonese from February 28 – April 24, 2024.

Wednesdays: 1:30-3:00 pm at BNH Brentwood House (2055 Rosser Ave, Burnaby)

Registration is required. Please contact the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 to learn more or to register.

Tai Chi for Beginners

Mondays  |  10:30 am – 12:30 pm    |   In-person at Brentwood House (2055 Rosser Ave)

Join us for this new beginner Tai Chi program running on Mondays at the Brentwood House. If you have always wanted to try this form of exercise but didn’t know where to start this class is for you. 

Enjoy the many benefits of this gentle flow of progressive movements, guided by our experienced and certified instructor, Marina Ma.

See poster for details.

Don’t hesitate, sign up today – simply email annr@burnabynh.ca.

Soup Lunch

Mondays  |  11:00 am – 1:00 pm    |   In-person at North House (4908 Hastings St)

We’re so excited to be bringing it back – soup on Mondays!! Join us for a bowl of healthy soup and a fresh bread bun. Stay a while and chat and connect with your neighbours.  

Freshly made tasty soup and a bread roll for $2. BNH Membership required.

See poster for more details or contact us on 604-294-5444.

No registration required.

EAL for Beginners

Saturdays   |  10:30 am – 11:30 am |  Online via Zoom

This weekly class will run online every Saturday with the exception of long weekends. Improve your English skills with this online class, make new connections and have fun!

Community Basic Cantonese Program

Fridays  |  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm    |   In-person at South House (4460 Beresford St)

We’re thrilled to introduce our new Community Basic Cantonese Program! Join us every Friday, December 1 – 22, from 1:30-3:00 PM at BNH South House for 4 engaging sessions where you’ll explore the richness of Cantonese language and culture. 

Dive into the learning experience at BNH South House. All it takes is your BNH Membership plus a $5 Program Fee.

See poster for more details.

Are you ready to embark on this language adventure? Space is limited, so registration is a must!

Contact Carina at volunteer@burnabynh.ca to secure your spot.

Dementia Friendly Cafe

Thursday, Jan 11  |  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm    |   In-person at Brentwood House (2055 Rosser Ave)

Join our dementia-friendly café for seniors and caregivers!

Enjoy socializing, seated yoga, and practical medication tips. Learn about reminders, packaging, side effects, and medical devices tailored for you. Find support and wellness together!

Please see the poster for more details.

To register: Contact Faryar at 604-375-5778 or faryar@bbyseniors.ca 

Grief and Loss

Thursday, Jan 11  |  10:30 am – 2:00 pm    |   In-person at South House (4460 Beresford St)

If you are a caregiver for an adult or senior, this program is for you.

The January topic in our new Family Caregiver Journey Series at Burnaby Neighbourhood South House will be ‘Grief and Loss’.  Join us for a presentation by the Burnaby Hospice Society, lunch and a self-care activity.

Please see the poster for more details.

To register: Contact Alexis at 604-431-0400 or alexish@burnabynh.ca 

Dementia Friends Cafe

Last Thursday of the month |  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  |  In-person at BNH South House (4460 Beresford St)
Join into a unique space dedicated to individuals living with dementia and their caregivers! Our monthly Cafe at the South Burnaby Dementia Friends Cafe is a powerful blend of support, education, and meaningful engagement and fun.
 
Every month there will be different topics from goal setting for 2024, dementia awareness, healthy and affordable recipes as well as a visit from the Burnaby Crime Prevention Unit with a presentation on senior safety awareness.
 

Please see the poster for more information and contact Alexis at 604-431-0400 or alexish@burnabynh.ca to register.

Cook and Chat

Fridays   |  10:00 am – 12:00 pm    |  Online via Zoom

This popular program is back! This fun online program will run each Friday. It’s a great way to socialize while you learn to cook new foods.

Not only will you learn how to cook new foods in the comfort of your own home, but you will learn to save money on groceries, share cultural experiences and build your cooking confidence and skills!

See poster for details.

To join the cooking group, email Lynn at kitchens@burnabynh.ca or call 604-431-0400 and leave a message.

Senior’s Cooking Class

Wednesdays   |  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm    |  In-person at Brentwood House

This class, led by Thomas and Sophia, is available to anyone age 55+. Sign up now as it’s only running for 3 weeks from January 31 to February 14! This in-person class will show you easy ways to make nutritious, affordable and multicultural meals at home.

Meals will be inspired by whoever joins, you can have a say in what we learn to cook! Learn skills for cooking if you have trouble with fine-motor skills that are necessary for many different dishes.

See poster for details.

To register, email Sophia at sophiab@burnabynh.ca.

Ukulele Classes

Tuesdays   |  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm    |   In-person at South House (4460 Beresford St)

This is a new 12-week class starting in the New Year! It’s a no-experience-required Ukulele Class for folks with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers as well as seniors. 

Over the duration of the course, you will learn 3 – 4 chords and a variety of song choices and different decades of music.

This class will run on Tuesday afternoons from January 9, 2024, to March 26, 2024.  See poster for details.

To register for all 12 classes, please contact Alexis at 236-885-7281 or alexish@burnabynh.ca.

Community Yoga

Tuesdays   |  10:00 am – 11:00 am |  In-person at BNH North House

The Tuesday morning program has been extended so starting in January we have a new 10-week class, running from Jan 9 to March 12.

Yoga is incredibly beneficial to our overall well-being – it improves many things including flexibility and mental health. It can help reduce anxiety and stress while increasing your strength. Everyone can enjoy the benefits.

Join us for this gentle yoga class, all levels welcome.

Community Yoga @ South

Tuesdays   |  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm |  In-person at BNH South House

Our Community Adult Yoga program just got extended! Dive deeper into body awareness through breath, meditation, and yoga postures.

Join us on this extended journey of Sensory Integration Yoga (SIY) to holistic wellness!

When: Every Tuesday (March 5 – March 26, 2024) from 2PM to 3PM

Where: BNH South Office

Fee: $5 Community program fee/person (*program fee is only charged once per program) 

See poster for more information and to register contact Carina at volunteer@burnabynh.ca.

EAL Class

Wednesdays   | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  |  In-person at BNH Brentwood House 

In the New Year, Chitra will be leading a new intermediate English class at Brentwood House (2055 Rosser Ave). This is a great opportunity to improve your reading, writing and conversational skills.

This class will run for 8 weeks, from Jan 10 to Feb 2024.

Spaces are limited so registration is required. Please email Ann at annr@burnabynh.ca

See poster for more info. 

Stretching and Mediation

Fridays   | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm  |  In-person at Brentwood House(2055 Rosser Ave.)

Explore holistic stretching and meditation techniques that combines motion and inaction to cultivate both the interior and exterior of the body. Much like Qi Gong, in this practice you will learn a set of exercises known for rejuvenating and energizing.

With minimal instruction, participants can easily follow along and gradually understand the movements.

The Winter term runs from January 26 – March 22, 2024. 

Please see poster for details. It is a Drop-In class. Registration is not required.

For more info, please email Ann at annr@burnabynh.ca.

Digital Literacy Program

Would you like learn to use email, create files and documents, use excel, search the Internet or practice typing and writing skills on a computer? Volunteer Computer Instructors are available to help community residents with their computer learning needs. We offer support in multiple languages.

Drop in to this in-person program at the North House, South House or Brentwood. No registration required.

You can use one of the Neighbourhood House devices or bring your own device. For more information, email us at southcomputercafe@burnabynh.ca or northcomputercafe@burnabynh.ca.

Please see poster for more details.

In partnership with both SFU Department of Education and UBC Learning Exchange and with funding from the Government of Canada. 

South House

100 – 4460 Beresford St

North House

4908 Hastings St

Brentwood

2055 Rosser Avenue

Mondays: 12 pm – 2 pm

Thursdays: 3 pm – 5pm

Saturdays: 10 am – 12 pm

604-396-7307 or southcomputercafe@burnabynh.ca

Mondays: 10 am – 12 pm

Tuesdays: 1 pm – 3 pm 

604-294-5444 or northcomputercafe@burnabynh.ca

Wednesdays: 10 am – 12 pm

604-299-5778 or

northcomputercafe@burnabynh.ca

February Calendar – South 

February Calendar – North

February Calendar – Brentwood

Mahjong Club

Friday, June 30  |  From 11:00 am   |   In-person at North House (4908 Hastings St)
Friday, July 14  |  From 11:00 am   |   In-person at North House (4908 Hastings St)
Friday, July 28  |  From 11:00 am   |   In-person at North House (4908 Hastings St)

Come share in our love of Mahjong! This community-led group will meet every other week at 11 am North Burnaby Neighbourhood House (4908 Hastings St.) to play an Asian (Hong Kong style) version of the game.

Mahjong is a challenging game that involves skill and (sometimes!) luck. Quick thinking and mental complexity are always present in the game. It keeps the mind sharp and in good health.

New players of all levels of experience are welcome — whether you’re a pro, need to sharpen your skills, or are just learning to play, there’s a table waiting for you! If you have never played before members will be happy to share their love of the game and teach others to play.

See the poster for more info.

Please contact northinfo@burnabynh.ca or call 604-294-5444 to register. Space is limited.

Caregiver Afternoon Walk

Thursday, July 6  |  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  |  Deer Lake Park

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon walk at Deer Lake Park – connect with the sights and sounds of nature at this beautiful Burnaby park. 

See poster for details.

If you would like to join us please reserve your spot by contacting Kathy at kathyb@burnabynh.ca or 236-885-7303.

Caregiver Picnic

Thursday, September 7th | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Central Park

The sun is out and shining and the weather is still pleasant for a nice picnic to end the beautiful summer.

Join us at the Central Park for a fun picnic on 7th September from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

See poster for details.

Contact Kathy at kathyb@burnabynh.ca or 238-885-7303 to register.

Community Cafe

Thursdays   |  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm |  In-person at BNH South House
Fridays   |  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm |  In-person at BNH North House

Drop in to chat and relax, or take part in the activities and games going on that day. Bring your favourite game to share with others or learn something new.

The Mahjong Club is now part of this group and will meet at this time.

This is open to anyone who wants to connect over a tea or coffee with others in the community, and if you want to play table games, so much the better! 

Choose to Move – Caregiver Edition

Wednesdays  |  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  |  In-person at BNH South House (4460 Beresford St)

In this new group you will receive support from an activity coach as well as peer support as you develop a personal action plan to help you meet your movement goals.

Keeping active and looking after ourselves is crucial to not only our own health but our ability to care for others.

Join us on Wednesdays at BNH South House and make those movement goals a reality!

See poster for details. 

To reserve your spot or for more information contact Kathy at 604-431-0400 or email kathyb@burnabynh.ca.  

Beginners Line Dancing

Mondays  |  9:30 am – 10:15 am    |   In-person at Amazing Brentwood (4567 Lougheed Hwy)

Are you familiar with line dancing? Line dancing is a Western and Country style of dance where people stand in rows and perform choreographed movements together, sometimes in partners. The music and dancing will give you the energy you need to power through your day! 

This program is starting in September and will run on Monday mornings from 9:30am to 10:15am at the Amazing Brentwood Mall. Please note that we are looking for committed learners, because this is not a drop-in class. Please see the flyer for more details.  

To register or get more information, please email northinfo@burnabynh.ca or call (604) 294-5444.

Crochet Workshop

Wednesdays  |  10:00 am – 11:30 am  |  In-person at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave)

Are you a crafty person? Or maybe you’d like to try something new that is fun and rewarding!  

This class is intended for all levels, so whether you’ve never held a crochet hook before, or are already a seasoned expert, you’ll have fun no matter where you are in your crochet journey.  

Join us every Wednesday at Brentwood for an hour and a half of crafty fun!

See poster for details. 

Call 604-299-5778 to get registered, or for more information.  

Cooling Event

Thursday, July 27  |  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  |  In-person at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave)

Ready to beat the heat this summer? Come to our Cooling Event at Brentwood on July 27th from 1pm – 4pm to cool down and get refreshed!  

There will be free activities for all ages, so bring the whole family!  

Information will be available regarding all the programs BNH has to offer. Refreshments will be available by donation.  

Call 604-299-5778 for more information and see poster for details.  

Bollywood Dancing

Wednesdays  |  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   |   In-person at BNH South House (4460 Beresford Ave)

Are you familiar with Bollywood Dancing? It is an upbeat and dynamic style of dancing originating from Indian films. Even if you’ve never had experience in Bollywood Dancing, the fun music will have you moving and grooving! 

This program is running Wednesday at 1pm to 2pm at the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House.

See poster for details.  

Contact Lea at leak@burnabynh.ca or 604-431-0400 to register, or for more information.  

Latin Beat

Fridays  |  10:00 am – 11:00 am   |   In-person at BNH South House (4460 Beresford Ave)

Are you looking for a fun morning of exercise? Come join Ivette at our South Burnaby House for a morning of upbeat dance with our new Latin Beat dance class.  

This program runs on Fridays from 10am to 11am, a perfect addition into your morning and exercise routine!

See poster for details. 

Email Lea at leak@burnabynh.ca or call 604-431-0400 to register, or for more information. 

Board Game Drop-in

Fridays  |  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm   |   In-person at BNH North House (4908 Hastings St)

Drop in to chat, learn or share a game. Bring one of your favourites to share with others or learn something new. The Mahjong Club is now part of this group and will meet at this time.

This is open to anyone who loves playing table games.

English Conversation Class

Fridays  |  10:00 am – 11:00 am   |   In-person at BNH South House (4460 Beresford Ave)

Do you want to get better at speaking English with others? This might be the program for you! Join Rowena for our English conversation class at the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House to get more comfortable speaking English in a supportive community environment.  

This program runs on Fridays from 10am to 11am at our South House.  

See poster for details.  

To register, email Lea at leak@burnabynh.ca or call 604-431-0400. 

Qi Gong – Saturday Class

Saturdays | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | In-person at Amazing Brentwood Mall (4567 Lougheed Hwy)

Qi Gong is a personal practice that led to fitness, flexibility, and internal peace that combines the physical benefits of exercise with the spiritual qualities of meditation, leading to full nourishment of both mind and body.

There are many different types of Qi Gong practices, but most of them involve slow-moving exercises that reflect the qualities of nature.

The Winter term runs from January 27 – March 23, 2024.  

See poster for more details. It is a drop-in class at the Amazing Brentwood Mall (next to Purdy’s Chocolate). Registration is not required.

For more info, please email annr@burnabynh.ca.

Spanish Speaking Skills

Thursdays  |  10:30 am – 12:00 pm  |  In-person at BNH South House

Hola! Are you looking to work on your Spanish speaking skills? Join us at our South location, at 4460 Beresford St in Burnaby for an hour and a half of working on your Spanish conversation skills with other members of your community. This program is running for 4 sessions on Thursdays, from 10:30am – 12:00pm. 

A Burnaby Membership is required for this program, as well as a $5 program fee. See the poster for details.  

To register or get more information, please email Carina at volunteer@burnabynh.ca, or call her at 604-431-0400.

Seniors Walking Group

Every other Tuesday  |  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

Ready to get walking with the community? Join our Senior Walking Group! This group meets every other Tuesday afternoon for a one-hour walk around South Burnaby. What a great way to explore the area and meet your neighbours! 

This program is held every other Tuesday from 12pm to 1pm, perfect for after lunch! It will run until the end of October.

See poster for details. 

To register or find out more information, contact Lea at leak@burnabynh.ca or 604-431-0400.  

Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors

Thursdays  | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | BNH Community Hall (5024 Rumble St)

Burnaby Neighbourhood House is launching a new, low-cost, social activity day program for Burnaby seniors, called TAPS. The program is funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland. See poster for details.

Why Should You Join?

  • Opportunity to meet new friends in a supportive environment.
  • Physical activity programs like light, safe exercises designed for seniors, stretching, outdoor walks.
  • Health and wellness programs like sensory sessions, music & art, brain games.
  • Meet experts and learn about nutrition, managing chronic conditions, relaxation, pain management etc.
  • Lunch is available.

Who Can Come?

  • 55+ seniors in Burnaby
  • Able to independently take part in activities
  • Currently unable to participate in social programs due to lack of support, transportation, mobility, or health challenges.

If you think this program is for you or someone you know, please contact Lea at 236-668-1712 or leak@burnabynh.ca.

Senior’s Social & Games

Wednesdays | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | In-Person at BNH South House
Fridays | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | In-Person at BNH South House

Join us Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings for a cup of tea or coffee. Meet old friends and make new ones over conversations, or playing board games or cards.

Love BINGO? We always play BINGO on the first Friday of the month!

See poster for details.

If you’re interested, please contact Emily at emilyc@burnabynh.ca or 604-431-0400.

Seniors Connections

Wednesdays | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | In-Person (Drop-In) at BNH South House
Fridays | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | In-Person at BNH South House

Meet new friends and enjoy lunch ($6 for lunch, Fridays only)! Activities include karaoke, art, bingo, workshops and much more!  

See poster for more details. For information about the lunch click here.

Come by our South House and pick up a copy or call 604-431-0400 to have it emailed to you. Please refer to the March 2024 schedule for full program guide and more details.

To register: Contact Lea at 604-431-0400 or leak@burnabynh.ca

Caregiver Support Groups

2nd Thursday of every month | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm | In-person at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave)
4th Thursday of every month | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Online via Zoom

Are you a friend or family member who provides unpaid care for an adult or senior?

Are you looking for a safe and confidential group to share your experiences and challenges with?

Are you looking for other resources or workshops to help and support you with this important role?

Join us in-person from 10:30am -12:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday and via Zoom from 6:00-8:00 pm on the 4th Thursday of the Month.

For more information, contact Kathy at 236.885.7303 or kathyb@burnabynh.ca.

Tai Chi & Sword

Tai Chi 24 – Beginners | Wednesdays |  10:00 am – 12:00 pm | In-Person at BNH South House
Tai Chi Sword | Wednesdays | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | In-Person at BNH South House
Tai Chi 24  – Intermediate | Fridays |  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | In-Person at BNH South House
Tai Chi 48 – Advanced  | Fridays | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | In-Person at BNH South House

Tai Chi, as an ancient Chinese tradition, is practiced by many today. This slow and graceful exercise helps improve muscle strength and cardio health – that’s why it is so popular among seniors.

If you are 55 years or older, come join one of our weekly classes – whatever your level, we have the class for you. And if you feel like mixing it up, we also offer Tai Chi Sword to bring you different experiences. Click here for the poster.

For more information or to register, contact Lea at 604.431.0400 or leak@burnabynh.ca.

Online English Conversation

Saturdays  |  10:30am – 11:30am  |  Online – Click here to register

Our EAL class is for people who would like to learn/improve their English skills. These classes are a fun way to practice conversation, make new friends, and try learning! These volunteer-led EAL class is available throughout the year for beginner to intermediate level students.  

If you have any questions about the online class please call 604-396-7307 or email literacy@burnabynh.ca. We can also help you learn to understand Zoom, just let us know! 

See poster for details.

Qi Gong

Mondays   |  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm |  In-person at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave.)

Discover the basic concepts of Qi (vital life force energy). Qi Gong focuses on slow-flowing movement and rhythmic breathing to promote relaxation and health. This gentle practice can add to anyone’s repertoire for health, stress management, and fitness. Join us in enhancing your own awareness of your energy.

The class is in person at Brentwood (2055 Rosser Ave). There will be  no classes for the month of February 2024. We will resume on March 4th.

See poster for more details.

For more info, please email annr@burnabynh.ca or call 604-294-5444.

Yoga

Fridays | 7:30 am – 8:30 am | Online via Zoom

Join us for Yoga classes via Zoom. Certified Yoga teacher, Mayra Chavez, practices Pranayama (breaths), Asanas (poses), and meditation.

Try yoga to increase your balance, strength, flexibility, and capacity to focus. You will discover many wonderful yoga poses to incorporate into your daily practice to release your stress and physical tension. Everyone is welcome!

Register at northinfo@burnabynh.ca or call 604-294-5444

Senior Peer Support

Mondays   |  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm |  In-person at Brentwood

Do you want to make changes in your life?

Are you looking for skills, tools and resources to solve everyday problems?

We have trained senior volunteers who can help you think of possible solutions to these issues and assist you in exploring your options.

See Poster for details.

For more information, contact Kathy at 236.885.7303 OR kathyb@burnabynh.ca.

 

Free Legal Clinic

4th Tuesday of every month |  10:00 am – 1:00 pm |  In-person at Brentwood
Are you looking for legal advice? Seniors First BC are here to help. Come for a free 30-minute consultation on the 4th Tuesday of every month at their Brentwood clinic (2055 Rosser Ave).
 
Among other things, they will be able to help you understand what legal proceedings are, what to expect in courts and get help in drafting wills or power of attorney.
 
Please see the poster for more information.
 
To confirm eligibility and book an appointment, please call 604-336-5653.

Friendly Phone Calls

Stay connected through weekly phone calls from a volunteer! Click here for the poster.

For more information: Contact Alexis at 604.431.0400 or alexish@burnabynh.ca.

Grocery/Meal Delivery Program

We provide food hampers, prepared meals, and grocery shopping & free delivery to seniors who are living with health challenges and are experiencing food insecurity.

For more information, contact Emily at 778-288-3747 or emilyc@burnabynh.ca.

Frozen Meals for Seniors

If you are in need of a little extra support in the kitchen we provide delicious home-cooked meals in our licensed kitchen.

These are available for purchase at the South House for $7 each. Subsidies to help with cost are available.

See poster for details.

For more information see the info sheet and to order, please contact Emily at 604-431-0400 or emilyc@burnabynh.ca.

Form Filling Clinics

By appointment only  |  All locations

Need help completing your CPP, OAS, GIS, BC Housing Registry, SAFER or BC Bus Pass application? Trained volunteers will assist you with completing forms and provide information about local resources and services to help meet your needs.

See poster for details, and please contact Charlene to book your appointment at SeniorsTransport@bbyservices.ca or call 604-292-3901.

 

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